1225 GMT June 15, 2021
Iran on Friday lost the second consecutive marathon in two days in the 2021 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League, as it failed to score the 15th point in the fifth set against Germany.
On the Day 9 of the tournament, the Iranian squad won the first (25-22) and fourth sets (25-19) and conceded the second (20-25) and third (19-25) ones to see the fate of its ninth game in the competitions decided in the fifth set, where it lost 13-15, according to varzesh3.com.
The Iranians had conceded a similar defeat to Serbia on Thursday, when they had won the first and third sets and lost the second, fourth and fifth ones.
On a day when the Iranian players made numerous errs in their serves, the Germans capitalized on Linus Weber’s great serving ability and Denys Kaliberda’s brilliant performance in attack and defense, who alone scored 13 points, to take Vladimir Alekno’s men aback.
This came as in view of the return of the setter Saeed Marouf and middle blocker Mohammad Mousavi to Iran’s lineup for the match, fans were hopeful to see their team resume the five-match winning streak that was broken on Thursday by Serbia, an expectation to which the Iranian side lived up in the first set, but failed to fulfill at the end of the match.
Iran will take on Australia on Tuesday in its first match in the Week 4 of the tourney.
The world-class Iranian team has so far defeated Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and the United States and has lost to Japan, Russia, Serbia and Germany.
The competition format is a single round robin pool with each of the 16 teams facing every other ahead of semifinals between the top four of the standings.
The semifinal winners will clash for the title, with the losers playing out for the bronze medal.
The tournament is being held in Rimini, Italy, within a secure 'bubble' with all hygiene protocols in place to ensure the health and well-being of all athletes, officials and staff throughout the competition.